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Knights of the Zodiac Vol 1

Hideyuki Tanaka , T˘ru Furuya , Yasuhito Kikuchi    Unrated   DVD
1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars i like the opening of this english version anime July 4 2004
By robot17
i know that most of you don't like the censore version of saint seiya in the American Cartoon Network and specially that now they are selling the censore version of the dvd's whiout the un-cut version in them.
i never had the chanse to see the american version of ss, like most of you because i live in Panama.
and in the Cartoon Network LA that we have here, they are broadcasting ss with it original opening(in spanish version of course)and also un-cut just like i wash it 10 years ago...
but like most of you, the only thing i like a lot of the censore version of ss in USA, is the new opening they put in, that 80's song called "I Ran", yes i also love and miss the 80's years and specially the songs.
somehow i think this new opening "i ran" that they put to ss, is good for the anime, since that song talk about a man that love a girl and that he can stop thinking about that girl, and every one here knows very well that seiya is in love with saori/athena and vice versa, and also the others bronce saints have their girlfriends too(and in the manga you are to see more PROOF of that, specialy in shun with June), so this 80's opening goes well with the anime of ss(in american versio and the original version)beside ss is also an 80's cartoon and manga and also the storyline itseft it beging in the 80's(read the vol 1,2 and 3 of the manga/comic book, and you will see what i'm talking about).
chereti andio!
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Look, I'm not even sure what the point of this release is. ADV Films is already putting out a release of Saint Seiya that is uncut and uses the original music and even includes an alternate english Dub (one where the actors can actually ACT).
"Knights of the Zodiac" is just crap. The characters no longer have distinct personalities--they're just a bunch of teenagers with surfer dude accents. It's like watching an insanely bad version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, except it's even worse in this case because their personalities totally contradict their upbringing (they were all sent off to harsh training programs in distant countries yet they all come back as flippant airheads?)
The music is bland, nothing you'll remember, except maybe the opening theme, which is a re-sung version of Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran" (it doesn't seem to be the exact same song... both me and a friend of mine who is into music seemed to notice that this version doesn't even sound as good as the real thing).
Finally, there's the dialogue. Not only is there a lot of extrenuous dialogue added (that is, characters talk just for the sake of talking, which often sounds stupid) but often the tone of their voice doesn't even match their facial expressions. In one episode, Seiya stares in shock at an enemy yet makes a flippant comment about his enemy's fashion sense. It's totally contradictory and makes the show hard to watch.
Once more, the original Saint Seiya is available in English on Region One DVD. Just do a search for "Saint Seiya" here on Amazon, and buy that DVD instead. Furthermore, "Saint Seiya" DVDs have five episodes instead of four, so "Knights of the Zodiac" is nothing but a complete waste of money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knights of the Zodiac ROCKS! April 22 2004
By A Customer
I disagree with all the reviews thus far. I think Knights of the Zodiac is an awesome show with great characters and awesome music! I can't wait for a KOZ CD to come out. I think this version is way better than the longer version which is too violent and the voices sound too old.
Don't listen to the other reviews. KOZ is awesome!
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1.0 out of 5 stars And You Ran. You Ran So Far Away. April 14 2004
By Kit
"Saint Seiya" is a classic. "Knights of the Zodiac" is not. And that's unfortunate. The original materials had a lot of potential to be a hit. It could've been the next "Dragonball Z", or even the next "Pokemon". But, no. DIC's reckless butchering made this show terrible to watch, with its rewritten dialogue, heavily edited fights, and mediocore music. I hate to say this, because edited or not, this show is still "Saint Seiya" to me, but please -- stay away from this. The only thing that was remotely good about "Knights of the Zodiac" is the theme song, a cover of A Flock of Seagull's "I Ran (So Far Away)". If you are even slightly interested in "Knights of the Zodiac", then do yourself a favor and get the original "Saint Seiya" DVDs. You won't regret it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This version sucks April 2 2004
I'm a costumer from mexico i grew up whith the knights of the zodiac that's the name in mexico the version i used to watch was ADV version this version from DIC is horrible this version doesn't represent the real soul of what anime is. please do no buy DIC's version
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